JOHN 4:4-10 (NLT) | “...[Jesus] came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Recently, while grocery shopping I encountered a man who was blocking the sidewalk with his bicycle. As I tried to navigate around the obstruction, the embarrassed man moved his bike and began to apologize. I smiled and assured him it was fine. I passed the man again while returning my cart, and he thanked me for being polite. I felt a familiar tug on my heart—I had to speak with this man. I introduced myself, sat down, and we talked for 30 minutes.